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Hip2Save This Holiday: Homemade Glitter and Awareness Ornaments

Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post submitted by reader Michelle…
Homemade glitter ornaments are a festive and inexpensive gift to give for the holidays! The price point can vary depending on how expensive the materials you buy are, but I made glitter ornaments for around $1.50 per ornament. Don’t forget to use some 40% off coupons from Michaels or Hobby Lobby to save as much as you can! Even better, they’re very sparkly but you don’t get the mess you usually get with most glitter ornaments that have glitter on the outside.

To make your own, you will need:

1. Clear glass ornaments
2. Pledge tile &vinyl floor finish with future shine ( I don’t know if any floor shine will work but I got the huge bottle at Walmart for less than $7)
3. Fine glitter (I like Martha Stewart the best)
4. A funnel (if you don’t have one, just cut off one corner of an envelope)
5. A few cotton swabs

To make the ornaments:

1. Pop the hangers off of the ornament
2. Squirt some floor wax in the ornament and roll or swirl it around. Don’t shake because you don’t want it to bubble up.
3. Take the cap off of the floor shine and stick the ornament upside down on it so the extra drains back in. If you do happen to get any bubbles you can use a cotton swab to get them out.
4. Pour a generous amount of glitter into the ornament through a funnel.
5. Roll the ornament around so the glitter coats the inside.
6. Put your thumb over the opening and shake the ornament, making sure glitter coats the neck and any other bare spots.
7. Take the lid off of the glitter container and turn the ornament upside down on it so the loose glitter can empty back in the glitter container (you may need to tap or move the ornament around a little to get all of the loose glitter out)
8. Put the toppers back on the ornaments. You don’t need to wait for them to dry.
That’s it! You’re done!

If you want to dress up your ornaments even more, add ribbon or vinyl letters on the outside. I normally give a set of 3 as a gift.

Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post submitted by reader Brandi…

This is something that I thought of after being diagnosed with a chronic illness. It can be applied to any awareness ribbon, such as Breast Cancer Awareness, Heart Disease Awareness, Autism Awareness…etc. I happened to make mine green for Lyme Disease Awareness. These ornaments make great little presents during the holidays. It brings some holiday cheer, showing love and care, and looks oh so pretty on the tree!

To make these ornaments:

1. Buy plastic ornaments at Michael’s or any other craft store. You can find some great deals and apply the coupons you get in the mail/paper.
2. Buy sparkly tiny pom-poms, usually in the craft section at any craft store or Walmart. These can be any color, but I find that white usually makes the ribbon stand out more. I also found some old plastic white and silver garland that I cut up. Either one works great.
3. Stuff the pom-pom balls or garland inside the plastic ornament. My kids LOVED helping with this part! You can put in a few, or a lot – it doesn’t matter! :)
4. Take glitter glue and make a ribbon on the outside of the ornament, matching the color of the ribbon with the Cause you are doing it for. Example – pink glitter glue for Breast Cancer awareness. Outlining it in silver makes it a little more colorful.
5. Let it dry, and you’re done! You can also tie a ribbon at the top instead of onto the hook to make it look a little more home-made.
6. You can stop there, or if you are brave, you can attempt to write something such as the word, ‘Hope’ with puff paint.

For more information on my Hip2Save This Holiday series and to learn how you can participate in the fun, click here!